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Six ‘lucky’ guys to pucker up for Kiss-A-Pig

Pucker up for porky!

The Boys & Girls Club of Manatee’s “Kiss-A-Pig” fundraiser is back, and the “lucky” candidates are Joey Bridgers, Chuck “Gator” Brown, Adam Buskirk, John Neal, Scott Leavitt and Greg Steube.

Contestants will debate the finer porcine points of their endeavor Wednesday — April Fools Day, fittingly — in the Manatee County Commission chambers at high noon.

The winning fundraiser will get to kiss “Taylor” the pig before the DeSoto Heritage Festival Parade on April 25, and ride the Boys & Girls Club float in the parade.

n Happy 3rd to Leah James from parents Jon and Jennifer and big sister Brooke.

n MHS cheerleading captain Samantha Fruchey is 18.

n There will be a United Way dunk tank at the DeSoto Seafood Festival on April 3-5 and among the weekend’s dunkees for the cause are:

Beach House’s Jeff Cavanaugh, umpire Dick Coury, Cox Chevrolet’s Kyle Cox, Manatee County Parks & Rec’s Marcus Francis, postman Sheldon Jones, Manatee Girls Softball’s Mike Micochero, Miss Manatee Softball’s Mike Murphy, Saint Stephen’s teacher Chris Potts and yours truly.

n LRHS cheerleader Hannah Asay is 15. Tiffany Elder is “Sweet 16.” Ashley Graziano is 19. Meghan Hennessy is 18.

n Zach Trdinich is 8.

Hooray from Michelle and Jim, the Pirates’ five-tool PR guru.

n Roger and Holly Marsden plan to celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss in style.

Along with son Christian, who pitches for Active Images in Manatee West Little League, they’ll be at McKechnie Field for tonight’s Blue Jays-Pirates game.

n By the way, Maria Wirries sings our national anthem for the 7:05 p.m. game.

Jessica Buccigrossi does the honors Saturday when the 2008 World Series champion Phillies visit at 1:05 p.m.

Ashley Bassett sings Monday for the Reds final game at McKechnie at 1:05 p.m.

n Tickets are on sale for Manatee Schools Night with the Rays on April 18 when the White Sox hit the Trop. Five dollars from each ticket sold benefits participating schools.

Get tickets at:

Or call 708-8770, ext. 2149.

Ticket deadline is April 1.

n LRHS Marching Mustang baritone player Justin Miller is 16.

n Ray Omlor, a Philly boy and World War II aviator, is 90. Cheers from Roberta.

n Check out my colleague Ryan Boyd’s new sports talk show Mondays at 2 p.m. on WWPR 1490AM.

This Monday’s guest is the Herald’s Roger Mooney and he’ll preview the 2009 Rays season.

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